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From: Jason Yunger (jason.yunger_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-04 13:01:01


Thanks for the advice, Matti. I followed Ben's advice and it already works.

I had previously tried your suggestion of manually starting the MS-MPI
smpd's on all the machines. That part is fine, but their response to a
request from a remote machine is to fail with a message indicating the jobs
have to be submitted through the job scheduler. I didn't see anything that
might be a scheduler in the HCP SDK, so i gave up.

i agree with your comment that linux or actually buying the Windows HPC
product would give a better solution. I'm still prototyping and exploring
whether we really need some sort of parallel computing platform, and I'm on
a low ($0) budget and I'm not sure how many issues I'll have porting my code
to mono. Maybe one day...

Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2010 19:49:55 +0200
> From: Matti Bickel <mabi_at_[hidden]>
> Subject: Re: [MPI.NET] mpich2
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> On 06/03/2010 06:51 PM, Ben Martin wrote:
> > On Windows, the released binaries work only with MS-MPI,
>
> Which is available for free from Microsoft:
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3FE15731-B1B6-42DE-B278-5CCD46C0863B&displaylang=en
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> I ran tests using Visual Studio C# Express with this version.
>
> The trick is starting the mpd(?) process manually and in debug mode to
> keep it running (use the -d switch). You must use the same user for
> starting the mpd daemon and submitting the mpi job via mpiexec (specify
> the hosts you run mpd on to address the hosts you started mpd on) . I
> can't give you detailed info, because I've no windows box around, but I
> learned that from the Microsoft Forum, so maybe you can find the
> original post.
>
> Of course this is totally unsupported, will eat your dogs, etc. bla bla.
>
> What you actually get with HPC Edition is a job scheduler which will do
> the menial above task for you. If you are serious about MPI I'd
> recommend either running linux, where cluster managers like torque/slurm
> are free or buying the Windows HPC Edition.
>
> And yes, you *may* get mpi.net and MPICH2 to compile. Good luck. You
> still need a cluster manager to execute your job on remote nodes.
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